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Music Center 50th Anniversary Spectacular & Gala Dinner

The Music Center 50th Anniversary Spectacular & Gala Dinner

09/16/2014

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The Music Center was originally dedicated on Sept. 27, 1964. Beginning in October 2014, The Music Center kicks off a celebration 50 years in the making. The highlight of the festivities is The Music Center 50th Anniversary Spectacular, an on-stage extravaganza taking place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the iconic venue where it all began, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This star-studded 90-minute show will honor The Music Center and highlight the accomplishments of the past 50 years with special performances and tributes that include:

  • Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and the LA Phil team up for the presentation of a new work choreographed by Justin Peck and commissioned by The Music Center. Performed live by LA Dance Project to music presented in a simulcast performance by the LA Phil conducted by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, this world premiere performance will unite both Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in celebration.
  • Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will perform an aria as part of a special tribute to the LA Opera, introduced by actor Christoph Waltz, and including a video tribute from LA Opera Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, Plácido Domingo.
  • Los Angeles Master Chorale Artistic Director Grant Gershon will conduct signature works performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale as well as a unique collaborative performance of the banquet scene from Nixon in China with LA Opera.
  • Highlights of musical theatre and drama produced by Center Theatre Group will fill the stage with song, dance and dramatic surprises.
  • A special tribute to the 25 years that the Academy Awards were held on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and much more.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime stage show, honoring a half-century of extraordinary artistic accomplishments and contributions with unforgettable, unprecedented performances and special collaborations.

Following the performance, The Music Center’s most generous donors are invited to a black tie 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner in a massive 120’x230’ tent on The Music Center Plaza, featuring a three-course meal prepared by Joachim Splichal’s Patina Catering. Guests of the glamorous gala celebration will be treated to more anniversary spectacle with a special surprise performance and dancing.

Metro Fare Changes Beginning September 15, 2014

09/11/2014

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Beginning Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, Metro is implementing new fare changes that will include for the first time a two-hour period of free transfers on Metro's bus and rail system when using a stored value TAP card to pay for the base fare.

News & Notes - September 2014

09/05/2014

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Tom Mullen has been named LATCB’S Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing all operating functions including finance, human resources, member and visitor relations, as well as responsibility for new business development.

A seasoned travel and retail executive, Mullen joined LATCB in June, 2013, as Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances.  Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years with American Express Travel Related Services, Inc. in a variety of positions including Vice President, Sales and Account Development, Merchant Services America, where he managed more than 1,600 merchant relationships throughout Los Angeles, Northern California and Hawaii; General Manager, Travel Services, Hawaii, Guam and Micronesia; Director, Merchant Services, Hawaii; Manager, Business Development and Strategic Planning; Manager, Finance & Administration; and Financial Analyst.

Mullen has also been very involved with the Los Angeles travel industry, serving two terms as Chairman of LATCB’s Board of Directors from 2009-2013.

LATCB AT WORK – SEPTEMBER 2014

09/05/2014

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In July, LATCB’s in-market rep, Imaginadora conducted several Los Angeles product training sessions and events for major Brazilian tour operators including MMT Gapnet, CVC and Nascimento Tourismo.  A total of 145 tour operator staff completed the Los Angeles destination training in the month of July.  Brazil is currently one of the destination’s fastest growing visitor markets and, Los Angeles looks forward to welcoming more Brazilian visitors as tour operator partners add more L.A. product to their online and print brochures.

July 2014 Lodging Metrics

09/05/2014

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 • Los Angeles ranked 7th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 87.1% (a historical monthly high), up +2.2% compared to the same period last year (85.2%). 

 • Los Angeles ADR was $154.40 (a historical monthly high) and ranked 7th among the Top 25 Markets, up +10.0% compared to the same period last year ($140.34).

 • Los Angeles RevPAR was $134.41 (a historical monthly high) and ranked 7th among the Top 25 Markets, up +12.5% compared to the same period last year ($119.51).

• Rooms nights sold were 2.63 million countywide (a historical monthly high), reflecting a +3.3% increase over July 2013 (2.55 million room nights). 

• The LAX area (93.2%) and Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey (90.0%) both reported the highest Occupancy rate for the month.  

•  Downtown L.A. (+21.3%) and the LAX area (+13.9%) reported the largest YOY RevPAR growth.

Harry Gamboa Jr.

Latino Heritage in Los Angeles: Harry Gamboa Jr.

09/03/2014

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In 1968, Gamboa helped lead the “East L.A. Walkouts” (aka “Chicano Blowouts”) at Garfield Senior High School. Students walked to protest against the substandard treatment of East L.A. public schools and a disproportionate draft of Mexican-American youth to the Vietnam War.

Over time, Garfield High became a place of transformation. Many of the alumni emerged as social leaders, artists, actors and musicians. “People who would probably be considered predetermined to fail became super achievers.” The Grammy Award-winning band, Los Lobos came out of Garfield, and musicians from a neighboring high school formed Cannibal & the Headhunters and went on to tour with The Beatles.

“The social pressure and social heat you encounter has potential to destroy, but it also has the potential to create a diamond. So if one can approach it almost mathematically, you can create yourself in the image of a diamond, you will shine in the distance and can cut through anything. I am a very old diamond now." Gamboa shrugs and laughs.

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